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conversation with the president last week. i had a very nice conversation with harry reid, senator reid, the majority leader the week before. our members want us to have cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance the budget over the next ten years. that's what we want and that's a tall order. it's going to mean real work on our entitlement programs, real work on other spending items in the budget. >> pelley: and to be clear no revenue increases. >> we're not -- the president got his tax hikes in january. the federal government will have more revenue this year than any year in our history. it's time to tackle spending. period. >> pelley: he's referring, of course, to last month's increase in top tax rates and the increase in the payroll tax. the automatic spending cuts that start on friday come to $85 billion this year and mr. obama had this to say in an appearance today in virginia at the newport news shipyard. >> when you're cutting $85 billion in seven months, there's no smart way to do that. you don't want to have to choose between, let's see, do i close funding for the disabl
violence. a number of people senator harry reid behind the president being one of them wearing green ribbons on their lapels tonight in solidarity with the victims from the newtown massacre in december. major garrett at s at the white house for us tonight. major, what are the president's prospects on gun control? what does he think he can get? >> reporter: scott it's very important that the president said "let's have a vote." in the rhetoric of legislative politics that means the president is not decidedly telling congress "let's pass this, i know we can do it." it is an open-faced concession that the politics of gun control, particularly when it comes to an assault weapons ban, so-called, or banning ammunition clips with ten bullets or more very difficult politically not just in the republican house but in the democratically controlled senate. when the president says "have a vote" he knows that's the best he can hope for in both chambers. now, the house republicans have made it very clear they are not going to do anything legislatively on the floor of the house until the senate acts
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